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Alarming Study on What Happens to Lost Cell Phones

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You know that moment of panic when you can’t find your cell phone. Well, the security firm Symantic found some alarming facts on what happens to a lost cell phone. To find out what people would do when they found a cell phone Symantic placed “lost” cell phone decoys in in New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Ottawa.

Only half of the people that found the phones that were “lost” tried to find the phones rightful owner. What is even more scary is that 89% of the people that tried to return the phones, used the phone to get personal information from them.

  • 43 percent checked the banking app.
  • 57 percent opened the saved passwords.
  • 60 percent snooped at personal emails.
  • 72 percent couldn’t resist looking at the file marked “private photos.”

Kevin Haley, director at Symantec’s security response team, was astounded at the results and warns cellphone owners that even if they’re lucky enough to have lost devices returned, don’t assume the finders “haven’t accessed any of their personal or corporate information.”



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